AmSurg completes Sheridan buy

Company revamps credit line as part of $2.3B deal
Jul 17, 2014 7:04 AM

The Jackson Clinic joins Vanderbilt network

Vanderbilt Health System announced that The Jackson Clinic, a multi-speciality group physician practice in West Tennessee, has joined with the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

By participating with VHAN, the 140-physician Jackson Clinic joins Vanderbilt's clinically integrated network, an ongoing effort to control costs. The system reports 2,900 physicians currently participate in VHAN.

"We welcome the physicians of The Jackson Clinic to the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network," C. Wright Pinson, CEO of Vanderbilt Health System and deputy vice chancellor for health affairs, said in a release. "Their practice has a long history of excellence in patient care and strong community relationships. The collaborative methods of their clinical practice combine naturally with VHAN's mission.

Jul 17, 2014 7:00 AM

HCA shares hit all-time high after health reform boosts results

Company lifts guidance on back of strong Q2; local hospital peers also up nicely
Jul 16, 2014 12:51 PM

Analyst action: Brookdale, Tractor Supply

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have begun formally covering Brookdale Senior Living, which last week got shareholder approval to close its big purchase of Emeritus. The firm has a 'buy' rating and a $44 price target for the stock (Ticker: BKD), which $34.14 and is up about 2 percent today.

Brian Nagel at Oppenheimer has cut his price target for Tractor Supply shares to $60 from $70. The move comes a few days after several other analysts made similar moves on the heels of Tractor Supply's second-quarter earnings warning. At around 12:30 p.m.. Wednesday, Tractor Supply (Ticker: TSCO) was down slightly to about $60.85.

Jul 16, 2014 12:37 PM

M*Modal preps Chapter 11 exit

Plan will cut debt load by 55%
Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM

BlueCross requesting 19% premium hike for '15 federal marketplace

State's biggest insurer could lose 'tens of millions of dollars' this year; peers eye smaller increases
Jul 16, 2014 7:39 AM

Former imaging company exec pleads guilty to embezzling $1.2M

Defendant faces up to 40 years for wire fraud
Jul 16, 2014 6:56 AM

VUMC named best in Nashville, state

Vanderbilt University Medical Center was named the best hospital in the Metro Nashville area and the state of Tennessee by U.S. News and World Report.

"This acknowledgement from U.S. News and World Report, along with other designations we receive, serves to remind us of the impact we are having on the lives of the patients and families we serve," C. Wright Pinson, CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System and deputy vice chancellor for health affairs, said in a release. "Every day, I am proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty and staff and want to thank you for keeping VUMC No. 1 in Tennessee."

HCA Holdings' Centennial Medical Center was ranked second in the Nashville area and seventh in the state. For the full list, click here.

Jul 15, 2014 12:40 PM

Don't freak out if HealthStream's subscriber growth slowed in Q2

Looking ahead to HealthStream's second-quarter earnings report, Richard Close at Avondale Partners says he won't be surprised if the company's strong subscriber growth slowed. The culprit is likely to be the cloudy outlook during the quarter around the implementation of the new ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure code. But with an Oct. 1, 2015, deadline now in place, Close says investors should get some clarity from CEO Bobby Frist. He expects HealthStream to post pro forma earnings per share of 7 cents, a penny less than the Street's consensus. Shares of the company (Ticker: HSTM) rose slightly to $22.89 Monday but are down about 30 percent so far in 2014.

Jul 15, 2014 6:46 AM

MedSolutions chosen for CMS bundled payment program

Cost management company expanding post-acute services, will hire on-site nurses
Jul 14, 2014 2:52 PM